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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, VA

May 6, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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North Carolina’s elections board is set to decide whether to disqualify the Republican candidate in a still-unresolved election for sheriff because he didn’t live in the county as required by law. The state elections board is expected to rule Monday whether or not Jody Greene lived in Columbus County for a year before Election Day last November. By Emery Dalesio. UPCOMING:


Family, hundreds of friends and a military honor guard on Sunday remembered a North Carolina college student credited with saving classmates by rushing a gunman firing inside their lecture hall. SENT: 431 words. W/photos.


_PAROLE-MURDER-FOR-HIRE _ North Carolina woman serving a life sentence plus 60 years in prison for plotting the murder of her salesman husband is being considered for release on parole after 25 years.

_ WEEKEND HOMICIDES-CHARLOTTE _ Police in North Carolina are investigating a pair of slayings over the weekend, the second weekend in a row in which investigators have looked into multiple deaths.

_ MARINE DROWNING-NORTH CAROLINA _ Authorities on the North Carolina coast say a Camp Lejeune Marine has drowned.

_ KILLED AT HOME _ North Carolina detectives are looking for a man suspected of trying to rob a home and leaving a dead woman behind.

_ STATE PHOTO IDs _ The state Division of Motor Vehicles is now issuing identification cards to North Carolina residents whose driver licenses or permits are suspended or revoked.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-GREENSBORO _ A North Carolina motorist is recovering after being shot by police while drive away from officers and injuring one of them.

_ IMMIGRANTS MARCH _ A group representing immigrants in North Carolina is worried about state legislation it says threatens the safety of people who are in the country unlawfully.

_ DRONE AWARD _ North Carolina has received a national award for its innovative use of drones during Hurricane Florence, when the devices were used to take photos and videos of damage and flooding.




The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to end the use of solitary confinement at two of the state’s toughest prisons. The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that inmates held in solitary confinement for extended periods of time at the Red Onion and Wallens Ridge prisons have suffered “severe physical and mental health damage.” By DENISE LAVOIE. UPCOMING:


Federal authorities have charged a former FBI translator with making false statements after they say he altered transcripts of a message left on his own voicemail by a terrorism suspect. Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 66, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested Saturday at an airport after returning to the U.S. on an international fight, according to Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. By MATTHEW BARAKAT. SENT: 430 words.


A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing a small Native American tribe in Michigan of running a predatory loan scheme. SENT: 400 Words.


_ TECH INNOVATAION CAMPUS _ Virginia Tech administrators will meet with local government officials to discuss how the state’s $1.1 billion higher education package could drive investment and growth in southwest Virginia and across the state.

_ HOUSING DISCRIMINATION _ Maine’s two U.S. senators are introducing legislation designed to protect residents from housing discrimination that is based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King are joining with Virginia’s Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in promoting the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019.

_ TRIPLE HOMICIDE _ Police are trying to determine why three people are dead in a shooting in Virginia’s Hampton Roads.

_ SPEILBERG-MILL HISTORY _ A movie director with multiple Academy Awards has been asking about life in a southern Virginia textile town.

_ VMI-TUITION _ Virginia Military Institute isn’t raising student tuition thanks to increased state funding to the country’s oldest state-supported military college.

_ ENERGY EFFICIENCY _ Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what’s set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.




Jurors hear opening statements and initial testimony in the trial of one of 16 inmates who were charged with murder after a fatal riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison. By RANDALL CHASE. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


BALTIMORE (AP) — A Johns Hopkins University initiative announced Monday will offer short courses to principals and other school leaders as part of an effort to create standards around school health and safety. Topics including student mental health and security technology will be offered through the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools launched by Johns Hopkins’ School of Education. BY CAROLYN THOMPSON SENT: 380 words.


_ POISONED EAGLES _ A once-common farm pesticide may be to blame for dozens of bald eagles poisoned over the past three years in Maryland and Delaware.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT _ Delaware police say they’ve arrested a suspect who offered a woman a ride and then raped her at knife-point.

_ HELICOPTER CRASH-MARYLAND_ Police in Maryland said divers found a helicopter that crashed into the Chesapeake Bay, and recovered the bodies of both people on board from the battered cockpit about 55 feet below the surface.

_ HOCKEY COACH -SEX ASSAULTS _ A former youth ice hockey coach from Pennsylvania has now been sentenced to prison terms in two other states in sex abuse cases, including Delaware.




LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. Gary West confirms the decision by phone to The Associated Press. He says “there’s really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks.” Maximum Security became the first Derby winner to be disqualified for interference. Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first. By Gary Graves. SENT: 575 words, photos. DEVELOPING


LOS ANGELES _ Horse racing is in an uproar these days. The deaths of 23 horses at Santa Anita prompted a flurry of new medication and safety initiatives. The disqualification of the Kentucky Derby winner has touched off a debate reaching all the way to the White House. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.


As expected, the NL East has been a grind so far. The Phillies, Braves, Mets and Nationals are within five games of each other, with Philadelphia in first place at 19-14. Those four teams came into the season with high expectations, and given all the games they play against each other, it figured to be difficult for anyone to pull away. So far, that’s been the case. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. 600 words, photos


BALTIMORE _ Right-hander Josh Smith makes his first start for the Boston Red Sox in a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, who send John Means to the mound. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Gam


DOVER, Del. _ Chase Elliott is on the pole and Jimmie Johnson goes for his 12th win at Dover when NASCAR runs its first Monday race of the season. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos Race starts at noon


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ PGA golfer Max Homa emerged from what he called “low, low places” to win the Wells Fargo Championship, his first win on Tour, with the help of his caddie Joe Griener. By Steve Reed. SENT: 688 words, photos


GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says “everything is on schedule” for the August launch of the league’s TV channel. Speaking Monday at a regional Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, Swofford said the channel “has hit every mark” so far in securing distribution deals because the league is partnered with Disney-owned ESPN, though more work lies ahead. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 400 words and photo by 3 p.m. SOU EDITING


East Carolina is dominating the American Athletic Conference and attempting to earn one of the top eight seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament as the Pirates continue chasing the first College World Series berth in school history. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 750 words, expected by 6 p.m. SOU EDITING


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